100 Years Ago: Flight-Lieut. Frederick Dies in Aeroplane Accident, Civic Holiday Attractions, Celebration of Victory

The Intelligencer August 6, 1918 (page 2)

“Death of Belleville Aviator In Scotland. Mr. and Mrs. B. O. Frederick, 76 Victoria Avenue, have received the following letters referring to the death of their son, Flight-Lieut. L. M. Frederick, who was killed in an aeroplane accident at Montrose, Scotland, on July 8, while on active service:

St. Mary’s Rectory, Montrose, Scotland, July 15. Dear Mrs. Frederick:—I am writing to you as Chaplain to the R. A. F. at Montrose, to offer to you and your husband my sincere sympathy on the death of your son. I did not know him personally; it is extremely difficult to make acquaintance of individuals in a big station like this where there is so much coming and going.

He was manoeuvring his machine—one of our Scottish customs. The volleys were fired and the Last Post sounded. The burial service of the Prayer book was used. I feel very much for you so far from here, and if I can be of any service to you will you please just let me know.

Again assuring you of my sincere sympathy, I remain Yours faithfully, H. M. Rankin, Chaplain.

6 Training Squadron, R. A. F., Montrose, Scotland, July 7, 1918. Dear Mr. Frederick:—I very much regret having to write this letter to you telling you of your son’s death in an aeroplane accident yesterday afternoon. He went up into the air in a single seated scout to have a sham fight with another pilot. I was watching the fight, and the feats your son performed showed that he was a daring and efficient pilot. During the fight the two machines collided and fell to the ground.

While your son was training here he had always shown himself to be a keen and enthusiastic worker and his loss in the R.A.F. is very great, but nothing of course compared with your own. He had the pluck and stamina which has made our pilots so predominant over the Germans.

I can only add my deepest sympathy and that of his instructor and brother officers in your great loss. If I can furnish you with more details concerning your son’s stay here, I shall be very pleased to do so. Yours sincerely, Arthur C. Jones-William, Capt.”

The Intelligencer August 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Civic Holiday Attractions. Tomorrow is Belleville’s Civic Holiday, and the attractions include a big public picnic at Victoria Park, proceeds in aid of the Orphanage at Picton; baseball match between Trenton and Belleville; aviation camp sports at Deseronto.”

The Intelligencer August 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Celebrating the Victory. The ringing of the bell of the Bridge Street Methodist Church yesterday afternoon woke up some people to the fact that there is a world war on and that a great and momentous victory has just been won by the allied armies. May the joyful notes of the bell be a happy augury of other and greater victories bringing early and permanent peace.”